rectify

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From Old French rectifier (to make straight), from Medieval Latin rēctificāre (make right), from Latin rēctus (straight)

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛktəˌfaɪ/

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rectify (third-person singular simple present rectifies, present participle rectifying, simple past and past participle rectified)

  1. (transitive) To correct or amend something.
  2. (transitive, chemistry) To purify or refine, especially by distillation.
  3. (transitive, electronics) To convert alternating current into direct current.
  4. (transitive, transitive) To produce (as factitious gin or brandy) by redistilling bad wines or strong spirits (whisky, rum, etc.) with flavourings.
  5. (transitive, transitive) To adjust (a globe) in order to prepare for the solution of a proposed problem.

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